Minor in Comedy Writing

The Minor in Comedy Writing is designed for students in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing who wish to focus closely on comedy while concentrating their studies on one of the three mediums of playwriting, screenwriting, or TV writing. The comedy minor is only available to undergraduate students in the Department of Dramatic Writing.

The purpose of the minor is to provide students with a solid foundation in comedy that complements their studies of dramatic writing across mediums. The principles of comedy writing explored in the minor are the same core principles taught in all Dramatic Writing classes; character, story, plot, theme, structure and technique. We believe that a focused study of comedy will make our students better writers across the board.

This minor is open to Dramatic Writing majors only.

Minor in Comedy Writing Curriculum

You must take the following required and elective courses for a total of 13 units to earn the Minor in Comedy Writing.

Required Courses

Elective Course

The elective is fulfilled by a comedy-related masterclass or writing workshop. Course availability varies from semester to semester. 

Contact the Department of Dramatic Writing for semester-specific course options.


All Tisch students declaring a Minor must receive a grade of C or above in order to have the course count towards a Tisch Minor.

Course Allocations

As of spring 2015, regarding double-counting of courses for Tisch students: students who have any combination of Tisch majors/minors will only be permitted to count one course towards both areas. Tisch minor courses can be double-counted between two Tisch minors. For all other NYU students, students' should follow their home school academic policies.